RULED A SUICIDE: Missouri doctor John Forsyth was found in Beaver Lake with a gunshot wound. (Photo by Stephanie Smittle)

The death of Missouri emergency room doctor John Forsyth has been ruled a suicide, Arkansas officials stated yesterday.

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Forsyth, 49, was a doctor at Mercy Hospital in Cassville. Last year, in the early morning hours of May 21, he texted his fiancee after finishing his overnight shift. He told her that he would see her soon. His family did not hear from him again and he did not show up for his shift the following morning.

Surveillance video showed Forsyth walking toward an RV outside the hospital where he stayed when he worked back-to-back shifts, and then later at the Cassville aquatic park. The pool had not yet opened for the summer. Initial reports mentioned that a white SUV arrived a few minutes after Forsyth parked — it’s a little unclear the extent to which there was an encounter — and then drove away. Around 10 to 15 minutes after that, the doctor got out of his car and walked away. He was never seen alive again.

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His car, a black Infiniti, was left unlocked. His wallet, two cellphones, a laptop and some important documents were found inside.

According to his brother, Richard, Forsyth had been excited about marrying his fiancee and their new child. (He had divorced his previous wife, not once, but twice, according to various news reports.)

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“It doesn’t seem like a person who left with a plan,” Richard Forsyth told the AP when the body was initially found. “Right now, we really don’t have any breaks in the case. I’m confused, and I’m worried. And I don’t like this one bit.”

The Benton County sheriff’s office determined that Forsyth died of a gunshot wound to the head, detectives said yesterday. The state’s chief medical examiner concluded that the death was a suicide.

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The case has gotten national attention because of some mystery and intrigue, including the fact that Forsyth has involvement with cryptocurrency. Crypto is creepy and its enthusiasts are very online, so various rumors have flown around about whether his death may have been related to his crypto craze. According to his brother, he had made vague references to being in danger prior to his death.

John and Richard had founded a “network mining” company called Onfo LLC. I don’t think this is about the crypto mining that has been in the news here, but I frankly don’t understand what it was about. The AP reports: “At that time, Onfo’s website said account holders could earn credits without putting up cash, by referring others to the company.” I don’t want to speak ill of the dead and maybe it was a great company, but that brief description, at least, sounds kind of shady?

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Richard Forsyth told the AP that they wanted to give lots of people, including low-income people in developing nations, the chance to get in on the crypto investment game. This more altruistic vibe was in contrast to the money-grubbing crypto industry, according to Richard, which had become (or always was?) “about Lamborghinis” and “billionaires and tax evasion.”

Another angle: Forsyth’s Round #2 divorce had been finalized a little more than a week before his disappearance. It slapped an additional $15,000 a month in alimony payments to his ex-wife and $3,999 a month in child support for their four children. There’s no evidence that the divorce was anything but amicable, however.

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